posted on Jun, 21 2008 @ 11:14 PM
I think anxiety is associated with creativity. When you're in a situation of anxiety, you can of course run away from it, and that's certainly not
constructive; or you can take a few pills to get you over it, or whatever else you may take.
You could meditate. But I think none of those things, including meditation, which I happen to believe in -- none of those paths lead you to creative
activity. What anxiety means is it's as though the world is knocking at your door, and you need to create, you need to make something, you need to do
something. I think anxiety, for people who have found their own heart and their own souls, for them it is a stimulus toward creativity, toward
courage. It's what makes us human beings. Much of our anxiety comes from the basic human dilemma of being mortal, of ultimately having to confront
our own demise.
We are conscious of our own selves, our own tasks, and also we know we're going to die. Man is the only creature -- men, women, and children
sometimes even, are the only creatures who can be aware of their death, and out of that comes normal anxiety. When I let myself feel that, then I
apply myself to new ideas. the creative interchange of human personality rests upon the fact that we know we're going to die. Of that the animals and
the grass and so on know nothing. But our knowledge of our death is what gives us a normal anxiety that says to us, "Make the most of these years you
are alive." And that's what I've tried to do.
We try to avoid anxiety by getting rich, by making a hundred thousand dollars when we're twenty-one years of age, by becoming millionaires. Now none
of those things lead to the joy, the creativity that I'm talking about. One can own the world and still be without the inner sense of pleasure, of
joy, of courage, of creation. I think our society is in the midst of a vast change.
well thats all I've got to say for now... Take what you will from it...